Doctor accused of beating officer on January 6 arrested and charged

  • A Massachusetts medical practitioner was arrested and charged in the January 6 Capitol riot this week.
  • Prosecutors allege that Jacquelyn Starer struck a police officer in the head while inside the Capitol.
  • At least 964 people have so far been arrested in connection with the attack.

A Massachusetts doctor accused of punching a police officer in the head during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot was arrested and charged Tuesday.

Dr. Jacquelyn Starer, 68, was charged with several counts in connection with the riot, including two felony counts of assault, resisting or obstructing police officers, and civil disorder.

Starer’s arrest Tuesday came two days before the congressional committee on Jan. 6 released its final, 845-page report detailing the Capitol uprising and former President Donald Trump’s role in it.

According to court documents, Starer is a practicing physician in Ashland, Massachusetts.

Prosecutors say Starer entered the Capitol about 10 minutes after a mob of Trump supporters first broke into the building that day. Open-source photos and videos from the siege appear to show Starer approaching a group of police officers inside the Capitol before making physical contact with one.

Starer proceeded to strike an officer on the left side of the head, according to investigators. The officer later told prosecutors that a blonde woman wearing a red jacket and hat was responsible for the assault. The unnamed officer said the blonde woman came at her one more time before the officer punched her in response.

Surveillance photos and videos show Starer wearing red-colored clothing and a Trump hat while at the Capitol on Jan. 6. The officer later identified Starer in photos as her attacker, according to court documents.

An anonymous tipster contacted the FBI just days after the attack and told investigators that they were aware before the riot that Starer had planned to attend the march on the Capitol, prosecutors said. The tipster said Starer had bragged to a mutual acquaintance that she was “prepared” for the event with a mesh knife-resistant shirt and bottles of pepper spray, according to court documents.

Investigators then used surveillance phones and videos, as well as phone and hotel records, to confirm Starer’s presence in DC near the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

After she allegedly punched a police officer, Starer appears to have been affected by chemical irritants that authorities deployed in an attempt to quell the mob, according to court documents. Photos from the riot show Starer receiving first aid treatment for his eyes and face.

The doctor did not have an attorney listed in federal court records as of Friday. An email address that appeared to belong to Starer did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

At least 964 people have been arrested in connection with the attack and more than 460 people have pleaded guilty so far.

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